The story of Lazarus expressed in John 11 is common to us. Jesus, once hearing the news of Lazarus’ death, waits two days before going to Bethany to raise him from the dead so that He could show His power to the people and ultimately, glorify His Father. I saw a couple of verses here that reminded me of the salvation we as believers have and the incredible love that Christ showed us on the Cross. If you notice in verse 13 it reads that Mary and Martha approached Jesus and told Him specifically that the, “one whom you love is sick” and then the passage goes on to mention in verse 14 that Jesus replied, “this sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God.” In my Bible it makes a note next to “the one whom you love” and gives an alternative of “your dear friend.” Wow! What a title that would be when put together. You really can’t call too many of the people you know as “the dear friend, whom you love.” Maybe only a couple of them. That is the same phrase that was directed towards each and every one of us when Christ was upon that Cross, regardless of who we were! It is most clearly explained in John 3:16 –
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Not only do we see God’s love directed to us, but also His compassion is evident especially in tough situations! We see in verse 35 of John 11 that “Jesus wept.” This is the shortest verse in the Scriptures, but also one with much meaning behind it. This verse brings many questions to mind: Why would Jesus be weeping if He knew that Lazarus would be raised from the dead in a few, short minutes? The reason that Jesus wept was not for the loss of Lazarus, but rather something much deeper than that. Jesus only starts crying after He sees both Mary and Martha in tears! Jesus felt compassion towards them and all the others who came to mourn Lazarus’ death, which is why He weeps. God is one who knows our fears, knows our worries, sympathizes with us, and cries with us when we are going through tough times in our lives. We see that clearly stated in Hebrews 4:14-15 –
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
From this we know that Christ was both fully God and fully man when He was among us and was tempted just as we are tempted and felt sorrow just like we feel sorrow. He knows our struggles and knows what we are going through even though no one else might! When I read this it reminded me of a hymn called “No, Not One!” The lyrics for one of the verses go like this:
Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him
No, not one! no, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! no, not one!
Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide ’til the day is done:
There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! No, not one!
Whether you are going through a tough time in your life or not, Jesus loves you! He loves us through the good and the bad. He loves us when we are sinful and when we try to be righteous. He loves us always and will never stop loving us! If you haven’t received Christ into your heart, the time is now! He is patiently calling out for you!
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!” | John 11:1-4,32-36